August 21st, 2008
06:45 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain ad highlights Rezko connection

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McCain is out with a new ad."](CNN) - On the heels of an aggressive effort by the Obama campaign to exploit John McCain's recent inability to recall how many houses he owns, the Arizona senator's campaign is launching a new television ad slamming Obama over his dealings with disgraced Chcago businessman Tony Rezko.

"Barack Obama knows a lot about housing problems," the 30-second ad's announcer states. "'One of his 'biggest fundraisers' helped him buy his million-dollar mansion. Purchasing part of the property he couldn't afford."

"From Obama, Rezko got 'political favors' including '14 million from taxpayers,'" the narrator also says. "Now, he's a convicted felon, facing jail."

The McCain campaign said the ad will air in "key states." Earlier Thursday, Obama's campaign released a housing ad of their own referencing his inability in a Politico interview to name the number of properties he and his wife own.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
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  1. Latinos for Obama

    What comes to mind when seeing Panamanian McCain?


    People this fraud, McCain, is dangerous, very dangerous for America!

    August 21, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  2. McCain...whats in your closet?

    Lowell Paxson...For just a mere $100,000.00 you can buy McCain too.
    Hess Foundation...well we bought McCain for 1.3 million
    59 LOBBYIST running McCain camp...well we didn't have to pay a dime, we are getting ours in the back end.

    August 21, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  3. We'll see

    Shady dealings, indeed. Obama opened the door on this one...

    August 21, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  4. Walt D

    St. John McCain,

    Obama did nothing wrong in buying the house from Rezko. But there is a problem when you cannot recall the number of houses you own. It reflects either a lack of due diligence and inteeligence on you part or that, coupled with the many gaffes you've made to date, your in the early stages of dementia. And that can be a real problem for our country if your elected president.

    August 21, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. Cecil

    Hey McRichie Rich How Many Cars Do You Owned?

    August 21, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. Liz Wetzel

    Only democrats get convicted, the republicans , they just change addresses.

    August 21, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  7. Barbara Campbell

    McCain should know a thing or two about political favors to convicted felons.

    August 21, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  8. Terry

    If John McCain wants to talk about "land deals", then let's report about his illegal/corrupt Arizona land deal with (SunCor Development) Steven Betts. By the way, we (family/friends) wonder how much money Steven Betts has raised for John McCain's presidential bid.

    August 21, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  9. Obama is a Real Christian, Unlike Johh McCain

    That is old, old news that has been vetted, and Obama had already
    said he made a mistake he should not had deal with this Rezko guy. McCain has the nerve to be tellling us that Obama does nto understand the poor and the downtrodden. But he McCai with his millions of dollars and 9 houses can relate to us. What a laugh. McCain is insulting us and talking down to us. It blows my mind how many people would believe him. It is a fact that whe you are that rich it is very hard to relate to someone who cannot afford the next meal. Wake up American.... McCain is a lier and a Joker. He is talking
    us all for fools.

    August 21, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  10. vic nashville,Tn

    Go Mc Cain
    Hillary supporters will support you
    Hillary 08 or Mc Cain 08

    August 21, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  11. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    I can't begin to express my dislike for the Repugs, John McCain and their same old tactics. What choice does Obama have but to fight back? I hope he comes out of Denver with his heavy weight gloves tied and ready to punch hard. McCain, with the Repug machine behind him, has sunk to the same lows we've seen before from Karl Rove and the thugs that promoted W....a huge disappointment, but not a surprise.

    August 21, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. Mike in FXBG

    Obama (aka Howdy Doody) is in no position to debate housing with McCain, especially when Obama buys a house through a convicted felon.

    August 21, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  13. Simon Buckland

    Rezko yet again – this has been thoroughly investigated by the Chicago Tribune (,0,7855333.story) – there's no meat left in this bone. Read the story if you haven't already; "boneheaded" is how Obama describes his action, and that's all it is. Any of us might have done something similar, but an aspirant POTUS should have been more cautious. It was a mistake, Obama's not God, get over it.

    There are many similar or worse skeletons in McCain's closet – but it's not minor errors of this sort that make him unsuited for the job.

    Anyway, McCain's campaign firing this gun now rather than in November shows how rattled they were by the "houses" shtick. Good – it's time the real contrasts between the two started to get exposed.

    August 21, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  14. s.positive

    Mcbush, how did you get seven homes as a senator????????????

    August 21, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  15. Bob (Illinois)

    Oh, Wow! So much (again) for a "respectful campaign"? McCain has lost ALL my respect. His ads are loaded with outright light lies and gross exaggerations.


    August 21, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  16. CCS

    Why is it every single time Obama airs an ad about McCain, it's based on truth and exact quotes yet every time McCain airs an ad about Obama, it's based on exaggerations and falsehoods?

    My guess is it's because the only way to come up with something negative about Obama is to make it up?

    August 21, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  17. Lynette Stapleton

    Obama has opened a can of worms ..... there are too many skeletons in his closet

    August 21, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  18. anonmouys

    all youve been talking about is house you call this news cnn

    August 21, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  19. That's what I thought...

    Why is this info buried in political ticker, when Obama's attack is still front and center? I thought there was no bias media coverage... guess I was wrong...

    August 21, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  20. Mila

    So basically you have Obama with his dirty dealings taking money from criminals to buy a million dollar house he can't afford. He does this of course because of his huge ego and his desire to show off so he can pretend he's something he's not and of course to show off!!

    And then Obama tries to make something out of the fact that McCain doesn't want to brag on and on about how many houses he owns. – Homes Mccain actually CAN afford by the way unlike the phony Obama.

    Mccain cares more about the country, more about Americans, more about sacrifice and doing what's right than running around the world trying to show off, and trying to brag about his homes. Obama just cares about looking down on people and trying to be superior with his inflated ego.

    August 21, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  21. Robert

    pathetic mccain campaign. of course, you can suspect the connnection between obama and businessman rezko, but you ABSOLUTELY cannot make a conclusion based on your suspecion.

    August 21, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  22. Bibek


    August 21, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  23. Jim

    Where is the honorable, decent John McCain. He disappoints me. I at one time respected his courage and service to his country. That has all been flushed down the toilet.
    What I am coming to believe is that McCain will just be another Bush administration ,,,,,only the name on the oval office will change....

    August 21, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  24. Jack Mehoff, Orlando

    That's right-Rezko and Obama were "tight." Follow the money and Obama will be in deep doo doo.

    August 21, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  25. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    August 21, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
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